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Apr 4, 2018

Season of Change: A roundup of curling's roster movement frenzy

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By Ryan Horne, TSN.ca Staff 

The curling off-season is well underway as teams have assembled brand new teams for next season when another four-year Olympic cycle gets underway.

Roster change is commonplace after every Olympics, but the player movement following Pyeongchang and the Canadian national championships has been at an all new level. 

Old friends are reuniting, legends of the sport are taking a break and skips are joining forces to form super teams.

Take a look at the new squads and what it could mean for the sport with TSN.ca's roster recap. 

The road to Beijing 2022 starts now!

 

New Men's Teams For 2018-19 Season

Kevin Koe
Kevin Koe (Alberta)

New third and second

The Team

  • Skip
    Kevin Koe
  • Third
    B.J. Neufeld
  • Second
    Colton Flasch
  • Lead
    Ben Hebert

The Rundown

Who's Out: Third Marc Kennedy, Second Brent Laing 
Who's In: Third B.J. Neufeld, Second Colton Flasch

 

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Kennedy reveals he's stepping away from competitive curling

Marc Kennedy, the third for Team Kevin Koe joins Bryan Murdryk to reveal that he will be stepping away from competitive curling after this season. Kennedy admits he's quite exhausted from the past four years and could also use the time to recover from a few nagging injuries. But he does make it clear that it is a break and he could always make a return to the sport.

Creation: Team Koe created a "super team" following the Sochi Olympics with the end goal of winning gold in Pyeongchang. They would make it to South Korea after winning the Roar of the Rings, but fell short of taking home a medal of any colour, marking the first time Canada did not reach the podium in Olympic curling history. When Team Koe arrived home, Kennedy announced he was taking time away from curling. Laing was the next domino to fall as he joined Team Epping in Ontario. With the team cut down the middle, Koe recruited former Team McEwen vice Neufeld and second Flasch, who skipped his own team in Saskatchewan this past season. Flasch is moving out West while Neufeld will be the team's out-of-province curler. 

 

Outlook: It might take a little while for this new-look squad to find their chemistry together, but any team led by this sharpshooting skip will be hard to beat. They won't have an easy path to nationals though as Brendan Bottcher, 26, has proven that his young Edmonton rink is ready to compete with the big boys after making it to the Brier final in Regina.

Reid Carruthers
Reid Carruthers (Manitoba)

New fourth

The Team

  • Fourth
    Mike McEwen
  • Skip
    Reid Carruthers
  • Second
    Derek Samagalski
  • Lead
    Colin Hodgson

The Rundown

Who's Out: Third Braeden Moskowy
Who's In: Fourth Mike McEwen

 

Out               In

Mike McEwen
Braeden Moskowy

 

Creation: After the Canadian championship, Moskowy revealed he played most of 2017-18 with a broken ankle and would take the rest of the season off to rehab the injury in preparation to find a new team for next season. With Team McEwen done, skip Reid Carruthers took full advantage and added one of the best curlers in today's game. Carruthers will still call the game while McEwen throws last stones as the fourth. 

 

Outlook: McEwen and Carruthers have been Manitoba rivals for a while now as they've faced off in the provincial final in three of the last four years. Team Carruthers has always been a solid rink, but maybe not a top contender at such events as the Brier and the Grand Slams. Adding a player like McEwen establishes this foursome as the undisputed kings in Manitoba and a team that could have a real shot at representing Canada at the Olympics in 2022. 

John Epping
John Epping (Ontario)

New lead and second

The Team

  • Skip
    John Epping
  • Third
    Mat Camm
  • Second
    Brent Laing
  • Lead
    Craig Savill

The Rundown

Who's Out: Lead Tim March, Second Patrick Janssen
Who's In: Lead Craig Savill, Second Brent Laing

 

Out               In

Craig Savill and Brent Laing
Tim March and Patrick Janssen

 

Creation: Team Epping's best year came in their last together as the foursome qualified for their first Brier in 2018 and made it all the way to the playoffs in Regina with a 9-2 record. However, just a week after the Canadian championship, Team Epping announced their new veteran front-end duo of Laing and Savill for the 2018-19 season. "We talked about staying together and we looked at different options and it became pretty clear that just for whatever reason — circumstance, choices, what everybody was looking for — it's just the three of us weren't going to end up together," Laing told The Canadian Press regarding his decision to leave Team Koe.

Must See: Epping and Gushue trade great draws in 10th, 11th ends

Ontario's John Epping and Team Canada's Brad Gushue trade great draws in 10th, 11th ends.

 

 

Outlook: Savill and Laing's curling friendship goes all the way back to their junior days as the pair have played over 15 seasons together, including a 10-year stint with Glenn Howard from 2005-2015, winning two Briers and two world championships in the process. Laing, 39, is coming off a four-year run and an Olympic appearance with Calgary's Kevin Koe while Savill, 39, is returning to prime-time curling after a cancer diagnosis in 2015. Savill and Laing are two of the most well-liked people in curling and with Epping coming off the best season of his career, this squad will be the team to beat in Ontario and should easily become crowd favourites. 

Matt Dunstone
Matt Dunstone (Saskatchewan)

New team

The Team

  • Skip
    Matt Dunstone
  • Third
    Braeden Moskowy
  • Second
    Catlin Schneider
  • Lead
    Dustin Kidby

The Rundown

Who's In: Skip Matt Dunstone (from Team Laycock), Third Braeden Moskowy (from Team Carruthers), Second Catlin Schneider (from Team Morris), Lead Dustin Kidby (from Team Casey)

 

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Creation: This foursome came together after the rinks led by Steve Laycock, Reid Carruthers, Adam Casey and John Morris made notable changes. Dunstone, 22, is a two-time Canadian junior champion and threw last rocks for Laycock at this season's Olympic trials and Canadian championship, but will have full skip duties with this new team. Regina native Moskowy, a 2011 Canadian junior champ, returns home after a four-year stint in Manitoba while Schneider and Kidby are joining forces once again after winning Saskatchewan's provincial title in 2017 as the front-end duo for Team Casey. 

 

Outlook: Saskatoon's Rick Folk won the 1980 Brier in Calgary and Saskatchewan hasn't won a national title since. Team Dunstone may have the best chance of breaking the 38-year drought. Dunstone gained a ton of experience this year and the rest of the squad have already played in numerous Briers and Grand Slam events. This rink will be the ones to beat in the prairie province.

Jason Gunnlaugson
Jason Gunnlaugson (Manitoba)

New second

The Team

  • Skip
    J. Gunnlaugson
  • Third
    Alex Forrest
  • Second
    Denni Neufeld
  • Lead
    Connor Njegovan

The Rundown

Who's Out: Second Ian McMillan
Who's In: Second Denni Neufeld

 

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Tim Hortons Brier: Wild Card Game - McEwen 4, Gunnlaugson 3

Creation: With Team McEwen disbanding, Jason Gunnlaugson had an opportunity to add some experience to his front end duo with the acquisition of Neufeld. The 37-year-old played lead for McEwen but will throw second stones on Team Gunnlaugson.

 

Outlook: Team Gunnlaugson has been stellar this season, winning three events, including the Grand Slam's Tour Challenge and sit seventh on the CTRS. They qualified for the inaugural Brier wild-card game, falling to Team McEwen. With Neufeld now in the fold, Gunnlaugson and company have a chance to grow even further and could even give Team Carruthers a run for their money in the provincial playdowns. 

Jim Cotter
Jim Cotter (British Columbia)

New third and lead

The Team

  • Skip
    Jim Cotter
  • Third
    Steve Laycock
  • Second
    Tyrel Griffith
  • Lead
    Rick Sawatsky

The Rundown

Who’s Out: Skip John Morris, Second Caitlin Schneider
Who’s In: Third Steve Laycock, Lead Rick Sawatsky

 

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Creation: After spending 15 years curling in Saskatchewan, Laycock, 35, is heading out West to start a new chapter in his career. A skip for the past seven seasons, Laycock will replace 2010 Olympic champion Morris who is taking a step back from curling. Sawatsky will return to Cotter’s rink on a full-time basis next year after taking part of this season off.

 

Outlook: With Morris at the Olympics competing in mixed doubles in February, Team Cotter fell in the B.C. final to Team Geall and missed out on the Canadian championship for the first time since 2013. With a former skip in Laycock now in the mix, Cotter’s squad is the best team on paper in the province and it won’t shock anybody to see them at nationals in Brandon, Man. However, they could get some trouble from Tyler Tardi who will embark on his pro career after impressing in junior.

Glenn Howard
Glenn Howard (Ontario)

New lead

The Team

  • Skip
    Glenn Howard
  • Third
    Scott Howard
  • Second
    David Mathers
  • Lead
    Tim March

The Rundown

Who's Out: Third Adam Spencer
Who's In: Lead Tim March

 

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Creation: Toronto native March joins Team Howard after spending the past Olympic cycle with Team Epping. The 30-year-old played in his first career Brier this season in Regina and also competed at the Olympic trials in Ottawa. With "super-spare" Spencer leaving the team, Glenn's son Scott will be bumped from front end to third next season. 

 

Outlook: Four-time Brier and world champion Howard, 55, was already living the dream playing with his son and now that dream gets even better with Scott jumping into a bigger role. The father and son will work together with the end goal of getting back to the Canadian championship after missing out on the prize this year, but will have to get past a very impressive rink led by Team Epping in provincials. Team Howard will be a fun team to watch next year in what could be the curling legend's final season of competitive curling. 

Tanner Horgan
Tanner Horgan (Northern Ontario)

New third

The Team

  • Skip
    Tanner Horgan
  • Third
    Mark Kean
  • Second
    Jacob Horgan
  • Lead
    Max Blais

The Rundown

Who's Out: Second Nicholas Bissonnette
Who's In: Third Mark Kean
 

 

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Creation: Kean, 29, has skipped teams in Ontario for years and will now serve as Horgan's vice. Kean beat John Epping in the 2015 Ontario Tankard final to qualify for his first Brier where he posted a 5-6 record. Former third Jacob Horgan will be bumped down to second. 

 

Outlook: Horgan held a 5-2 lead after seven ends over Team Jacobs in this year's Northern Ontario Tankard final. Horgan would allow a score of two in the eighth followed by consecutive steals of one in the next two ends to lose 6-5. The defeat may have been heartbreaking but it wasn't all bad as Team Jacobs brought Horgan along as their alternate for the Brier and the 20-year-old even got some playing time. This Sudbury crew will still be underdogs in Northern Ontario, but could do some more damage on the WCT with Kean in the mix.

Tyler Tardi
Tyler Tardi (British Columbia)

New lead and second

The Team

  • Skip
    Tyler Tardi
  • Third
    Sterling Middleton
  • Second
    Alex Horvath
  • Lead
    Matthew Hall

The Rundown

Who's Out: Second Jordan Tardi, Lead Zachary Curtis
Who's In: Second Alex Horvath, Lead Matthew Hall

Must See: Tardi makes double takeout to score four

Creation: Tardi, 19, won his second straight Canadian junior championship and first world junior title this season. Now the promising skip is preparing for prime-time curling next season and is bringing a new front-end duo with him in Horvath and Hall from Ontario and British Columbia respectively. 

 

Outlook: Tardi was a terrific junior player and could instantly become one of the best in the western province as there's no true front-runner in B.C. The likes of Team Cotter and Team Geall are the toughest competition. The future of curling looks bright with Tardi in the fold. 

Dallan Muyres and Kirk Muyres
Kirk Muyres (Saskatchewan)

New team

The Team

  • Skip
    Kirk Muyres
  • Third
    Kevin Marsh
  • Second
    Dan Marsh
  • Lead
    Dallan Muyres

The Rundown

Who's In: Skip Kirk Muyres (from Team Laycock), Third Kevin Marsh (from Team Flasch), Second Dan Marsh (from Team Flasch), Lead Dallan Muyres (from Team Laycock)

 

Creation: 2011 Canadian junior champion K. Muyres will skip his own rink next season after Team Laycock and Team Flasch broke up following the Brier. The 27-year-old brings his older brother, Dallan, to the team while the Marsh brothers will be the middle throwers after spending last season with Team Flasch. Muyres won gold at the Canadian mixed doubles championships with teammate Laura Crocker on April 1. 

 

Outlook: The double set of brothers that is Team Muyres look to be an interesting rink that could do damage in the prairie province.

Braden Calvert
Braden Calvert (Manitoba)

New lead and second

The Team

  • Skip
    Braden Calvert
  • Third
    Kyle Kurz
  • Second
    Ian McMillan
  • Lead
    Rob Gordon

The Rundown

Who's Out: Second Lucas Van Den Bosch, Lead Brendan Wilson 
Who's In: Second Ian McMillan, Lead Rob Gordon

 

Creation: McMillan joins the squad from Team Gunnlaugson while Gordon spent last season with Team Simmons.

 

Outlook: Calvert, 22, won the Canadian and world junior championship in 2015 and has had some success on the WCT, winning two events over the past two seasons. This squad remains young with these additions, but will be in tough in Manitoba with the level of curling being so high. 

Charley Thomas
Charley Thomas (Saskatchewan)

New team

The Team

  • Skip
    Charley Thomas
  • Third
    Adam Casey
  • Second
    Patrick Janssen
  • Lead
    Fraser Reid

The Rundown

Who's In: Skip Charley Thomas (skipped a different rink this season), Third Adam Casey (skipped a different rink this season), Second Patrick Janssen (from Team Epping), Lead Fraser Reid (from Team Kean)

 

Creation: Skips Thomas, 32, and Casey, 28, will join forces next season and will be joined by a pair of front end curlers from Ontario in Janssen and Reid. Thomas has never appeared in a Brier while Casey has been there three times. 

 

Outlook: Team Thomas are one of the last notable foursomes to announce a new squad for next season. They are just one of many new rinks who have decided to try the two skip system for next season. With Saskatchewan slated to be a wide-open province once again in 2018-19, Team Thomas should be considered contenders to make it to the Canadian championship. 

New Women's Teams For 2018-19 Season

Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones (Manitoba)

New second

The Team

  • Skip
    Jennifer Jones
  • Third
    Kaitlyn Lawes
  • Second
    Jocelyn Peterman
  • Lead
    Dawn McEwen

The Rundown

Who's Out: Second Jill Officer
Who's In: Second Jocelyn Peterman

Out               In

Jocelyn Peterman
Jill Officer

 

Creation: Officer is leaving the foursome after spending over two decades curling with Jones. The 42-year-old said she's just taking a break from the sport but is not officially retiring. "I've known for a while I would not play another quadrennial, so this was a decision that I've been considering for quite some time, and I finalized my decision before the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, that regardless of the outcome I was stepping back," she said in a release. Peterman, 24, won a Scotties title with Team Carey in 2016 and is a solid replacement for Officer.

 

Outlook: The Canadian and world champs shouldn't miss a beat with Peterman in the fold and they will continue to be top contenders at every event they play in. Don't be surprised to see Officer back with Jones down the road to officially close out her career.

Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead
Eve Muirhead (Scotland)

New third

The Team

  • Skip
    Eve Muirhead
  • Third
    Jennifer Dodds
  • Second
    Vicki Chalmers
  • Lead
    Lauren Gray

The Rundown

Who's Out: Third Anna Sloan
Who's In: Third Jennifer Dodds

Creation: After nearly a decade playing with one of the best European rinks in curling, third Sloan has decided to leave Team Muirhead to pursue other opportunities. Sloan has helped the Scottish rink capture two world junior championships, two European curling championships, one world championship and a bronze medal at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Replacing Sloan at the vice position will be Jennifer Dodds of Edinburgh.

 

Outlook: Team Muirhead hasn't been at their best the past few years as they've failed to medal at the world championships since 2013 and finished fourth at the Olympics this past winter. This shakeup could turn the tide for Team Muirhead in a positive way.  

Kerri Einarson
Kerri Einarson (Manitoba)

New third, second and lead

The Team

  • Skip
    Kerri Einarson
  • Third
    Val Sweeting
  • Second
    Shannon Birchard
  • Lead
    Briane Meilleur

The Outlook

Who's Out: Third Selena Kaatz, Second Liz Fyfe, Lead Kristin MacCuish 
Who's In: Third Val Sweeting, Second Shannon Birchard, Lead Briane Meilleur

 

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Must See: Einarson gets through small port for tough shot

Kerri Einarson uses her 'go-to' shot and gets it through the port to sit four and earn two points in the second end.

Creation: Einarson decided to leave her former team after a great season, highlighted by her first appearance in a Scotties final. She is hoping her new foursome, made up entirely of former skips, will be good enough to go one step further and claim a national title. Sweeting, 30, is a two-time Scotties finalist out of Edmonton while Birchard, 23, and Meilleur, 26, have previously skipped teams in Winnipeg.  

 

Outlook: This group might be the most interesting going into next season. It's unusual for four skips to join forces, so it will be interesting to see how the dynamic works out. However, this team looks very talented on paper as Einarson and Sweeting are two of the best curlers in the women's game and Birchard showed great promise with her play at the Scotties in Penticton as the replacement for Kaitlyn Lawes on Team Jones.  

Chelsea Carey
Chelsea Carey (Alberta)

New third, second and lead

The Team

  • Skip
    Chelsea Carey
  • Third
    Sarah Wilkes
  • Second
    Dana Ferguson
  • Lead
    Rachel Brown

The Rundown

Who's Out: Third Cathy Overton-Clapham, Second Jocelyn Peterman, Lead Laine Peters
Who's In: Third Sarah Wilkes, Second Dana Ferguson, Lead Rachel Brown

 

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Must See: Curling fans give Carey appreciative ovation

Watch as the appreciative fans in Saint Catharines, Ontario cheer on skip Chelsea Carey as she scores Team Canada's first point of the game in a lopsided loss to Northern Ontario.

Creation: Carey posted a perfect 8-0 robin-round record at the Roar of the Rings Olympic trials in Ottawa before falling to Team Homan in the final. Soon after their wild-card loss at the Scotties, Team Carey announced they would be parting ways at season’s end. Overton-Clapham and Peters have yet to reveal their plans for the future while Peterman joined Team Jones. The former front-end duo for Team Sweeting will now sweep for Team Carey as Ferguson and Brown stay in Alberta to continue their curling careers. Wilkes, 27, joins the squad after playing the past three seasons with the retiring Shannon Kleibrink. 

 

Outlook: These changes should keep Carey competitive out West and with Sweeting now playing in Manitoba, Alberta could come down to a battle between this new-look Carey rink and Team Scheidegger, the defending champs.

Tracy Fleury
Tracy Fleury (Manitoba)

New skip

Team Team

  • Skip
    Tracy Fleury
  • Third
    Selena Kaatz
  • Second
    Liz Fyfe
  • Lead
    Kristin MacCuish

The Rundown

Who's Out: Skip Kerri Einarson
Who's In: Skip Tracy Fleury 

 

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Must See: Fleury sends Northern Ontario to championship pool

With the game tied and her final rock, Tracy Fleury makes a tough hit and stick to send her Northern Ontario team to the championship pool.

Creation: With Einarson gone, the remaining members of the inaugural wild-card team at this year's Scotties Tournament of Hearts needed a skip. It so happens that a pretty good one was available. Two-time Northern Ontario champions Team Fleury disbanded after over a decade together, with some team members deciding to take a break and others looking for a new home. The fit made sense as Sudbury native Fleury will skip this rink as on out-of-province player for next season. 

 

Outlook: Manitoba is stacked in women's curling and the field is only going to get tougher with a skip like Fleury joining the province. In the near future, Fleury's crew won't have to worry about Jennifer Jones at provincials next year after she won the Scotties, but they'll still be in a battle to qualify for the Canadian championship for as long as they are together.  

Alli Flaxey
Allison Flaxey (Manitoba)

New third, second, lead

The Team

  • Skip
    Allison Flaxey
  • Third
    Kate Cameron
  • Second
    Taylor McDonald
  • Lead
    Raunora Westcott

The Rundown

Who's Out: Third Clancy Grandy, Second Lynn Kreviazuk, Lead Morgan Court
Who's In: Third Kate Cameron, Second Taylor McDonald, Lead Raunora Westcott

 

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Creation: The previous version of Ontario's Team Flaxey parted ways in late February after a three-year run which was highlighted by a victory at the Masters in 2016 and an Olympic trials appearance this past December. The 33-year-old Winnipeg skip is now joining forces with two Manitoba curlers and one from Alberta. Twenty-six-year-old Cameron, one of the best thirds in the game, and lead Westcott stay together following the retirement of veteran skipper Michelle Englot. Edmonton's McDonald will curl out-of-province after her former team led by Kelsey Rocque split up.

 

Outlook: Cameron and Westcott made it to the 2017 Scotties final and represented Canada at nationals this year, with Team Homan wearing the Red and White at the Olympics. With another young player in McDonald, 24, in the mix, Team Flaxey has a chance to compete on the World Curling Tour and should be in the thick of things at provincials. 

Silvana Tirinzoni
Silvana Tirinzoni (Switzerland)

New third and lead

The Team

  • Skip
    Silvana Tirinzoni
  • Third
    Alina Patz
  • Second
    Neuenschwander
  • Lead
    Melanie Barbezat

The Rundown

Who's Out: Third Manuela Siegrist, Lead Marlene Albrecht
Who's In: Third Alina Patz, Lead Melanie Barbezat 

 

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Creation: Two of the best skips in Switzerland are joining forces to form a squad that should be contenders on the world stage. Patz, who won a world title as a skip in 2015, will play vice for Tirinzoni who just competed at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. They are also adding former skip Barbezat to play front end. 

 

Outlook: This group instantly becomes the top Swiss rink in curling so expect to see them at many world championships over the next four years and probably the Olympics in 2022. 

Laura Crocker
Laura Walker (Alberta)

New team

The Team

  • Skip
    Laura Crocker
  • Third
    Cathy O
  • Second
    Lori Olson-Johns
  • Lead
    Laine Peters

The Rundown

Who's In: Skip Laura Crocker (from Team Rocque), Third Cathy Overton-Clapham (from Team Carey), Second Lori Olson-Johns (from Team Sweeting), Lead Laine Peters (from Team Carey)

 

Creation: Following the breakup of Team Rocque, Crocker (soon to be Walker when she marries Geoff Walker of Team Gushue this summer) went out and made a team of her own, grabbing notable veterans who were looking for a place to play after their respective teams fell apart. Overton-Clapham and Peters were a win away from representing Canada at the Winter Olympics, but fell to Team Homan in the Roar of the Rings final. 

 

Outlook: Crocker, 27, will skip for the first time since 2014 and will strive to compete on the WCT and be in the mix at Alberta provincials. She won gold at the 2010 Canadian juniors and silver at the 2010 world juniors as a second for Rachel Homan. She also captured mixed doubles gold this year at the Canadian championships with teammate Kirk Muyres. This group could be a dark horse in 2018-19 as they have plenty of experience and past success under their belts.

Kelsey Rocque
Kelsey Rocque (Alberta)

New team

The Team

  • Skip
    Kelsey Rocque
  • Third
    D. Schmiemann
  • Second
    Rebecca Konschuh
  • Lead
    Jesse Iles

The Rundown

Who's In: Skip Kelsey Rocque (skipped a different rink this season), Third Danielle Schmiemann (from Team Streifel), Second Rebecca Konschuh (from Team Scotland) Lead Jesse Iles (from Team Streifel)

 

Creation: After three seasons with Laura Crocker, Taylor McDonald and Jen Gates, Rocque is going back to some familiar faces. The 24-year-old skip will join forces with Schmiemann and Iles, two members of her Canadian and world junior championship team from 2015. Rocque also won the Canada and world junior title in 2014, but with different teammates. 

 

Outlook: Team Rocque will be one of the younger squads on tour next year, but have played very well together in the past and could sneak in a win or two on the WCT. Qualifying for a couple Grand Slam events next season will be great experience for this rink.  

Stefanie Lawton
Robyn Silvernagle (Saskatchewan)

New third and second

The Team

  • Skip
    Robyn Silvernagle
  • Third
    Stefanie Lawton
  • Second
    Jessie Hunkin
  • Lead
    Kara Thevenot

The Rundown

Who's Out: Third Jolene Campbell, Second Dayne Demers
Who's In: Third Stefanie Lawton, Second Jessie Hunkin

 

Creation: Team Silvernagle is adding 37-year-old Lawton, a former skip who will play third, to their squad next season with the hope that the four-time Saskatchewan champ can get them to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Hunkin, 29, has skipped rinks in Alberta for the past eight years and will be an out-of-province curler on this rink. 

 

Outlook: Silvernagle has made the past two provincial finals, losing to Penny Barker in 2017 and Sherry Anderson this season. With a veteran like Lawton now in the fold, Team Silvernagle could be the team to beat in Saskatchewan. 

Sherry Anderson
Sherry Anderson (Saskatchewan)

New skip

The Team

  • Skip
    Sherry Anderson
  • Third
    Nancy Martin
  • Second
    Meaghan Frerichs
  • Lead
    Aly Jenkins

The Rundown

Who's Out: Lead Teresa Waterfield
Who's In: Skip Sherry Anderson

 

Creation: Martin has skipped rinks for the past three seasons, but will play third in 2018-19 with the addition of 2002 Scotties silver medalist and 2001 Olympic trials finalist Anderson. Anderson, 54, has captured the last two Canadian senior championships and posted a 2-5 record at nationals this year.  

 

Outlook: Anderson has the most experience of any curler in Saskatchewan and led a very young team to an unexpected provincial title this season. What will she be able to do with this squad?

Kristen Streifel
Kristen Streifel (Saskatchewan)

New team

The Team

  • Skip
    Kristen Streifel
  • Third
    Jolene Campbell
  • Second
    Dayna Demers
  • Lead
    Breanne Meakin

The Rundown

Who's In: Skip Kristen Streifel (skipped a different rink this season), Third Jolene Campbell (from Team Silvernagle), Second Dayne Demers (from Team Silvernagle), Lead Breanne Meakin (from Team Meilleur)

 

Creation: Streifel's Edmonton-based rink broke up at the end of this season and now the 2017 Canadian junior champ will embark on a new curling journey in Saskatchewan. Streifel added third Campbell and second Demers from Team Silvernagle as well as 2009 Canadian junior champion Meakin to the squad.  

 

Outlook: There has been plenty of turnover in Saskatchewan women's curling recently, so it's hard to pick a top contender at the moment, but Streifel's hat should be thrown into the mix. 

Julie Tippin
Team Julie Tippin (Ontario)

New third

The Team

  • Skip
    Julie Tippin
  • Third
    Megan Balsdon
  • Second
    Rachelle Vink
  • Lead
    Tess Bobbie

The Rundown

Who's Out: Chantal Duhaime
Who's In: Megan Balsdon 

 

Creation: Balsdon played second for Tippin from 2011 to 2014 before skipping her own rink for three seasons. Tippin and Balsdon will join forces once again with the departure of vice Dunhaime. 

 

Outlook: Team Tippin claimed victory at the Pre-Trials in Summerside before posting a 2-6 record at the Roar of the Rings in Ottawa this season. With Team Homan back in the mix at the Ontario Scotties, Tippin's rink will find it tough to get out of the province but should stay competitive on the WCT with this addition. 

Jacqueline Harrison
Jacqueline Harrison (Ontario)

New skip

The Team

  • Skip
    J. Harrison
  • Third
    Clancy Grandy
  • Second
    Lynn Kreviazuk
  • Lead
    Morgan Court

The Rundown

Who's Out: Skip Allison Flaxey
Who's In: Skip Jacqueline Harrison

 

Creation: Harrison, 39, needed a new team for next season and didn't have to look too far to find it as a skip position opened up in Ontario with Flaxey forming a new squad. 

 

Outlook: Harrison will be the new lead voice, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes for her to find chemistry with the other members who have been together for the past three campaigns.

Mary-Anne Arsenault
Mary-Anne Arsenault (Nova Scotia)

New lead

The Team

  • Skip
    M.A. Arsenault
  • Third
    Christina Black
  • Second
    Jennifer Baxter
  • Lead
    Kristin Clarke

The Rundown

Who's Out: Jennifer Crouse
Who's In: Kristin Clarke

 

Creation: Clarke won two Canadian and two world junior titles in 2016 and 2018 as a third for Mary Fay and Kaitlyn Jones respectively. Now, the 21-year-old joins a rink led by five-time Canadian champion Arsenault in her first season of pro curling. 

 

Outlook: Learning from a Hall of Famer like Arsenault can only do wonders for a young curler like Clarke. Don't forget that Arsenault made it all the way to the Scotties semis this season and should be the team to beat in Nova Scotia. A provincial title in 2019 will be that much sweeter as Sydney, N.S., will host the Scotties. 

Suzanne Birt
Suzanne Birt (Prince Edward Island)

New team

The Team

  • Skip
    Suzanne Birt
  • Third
    Marie Christianson
  • Second
    Meaghan Hughes
  • Lead
    Michelle McQuaid

The Rundown

Who's In: Skip Suzanne Birt (returning to curling), Third Marie Christianson (from Team MacDiarmid), Second Meaghan Hughes (from Team MacPhee), Lead Michelle McQuaid (from Team MacPhee)

 

Creation: After taking two seasons off, nine-time PEI champion Birt is returning to competitive curling. Birt's former lead in Christianson will now play third with Hughes and McQuaid, who were with the disbanding Team MacPhee for the past two seasons, will play front end.  

 

Outlook: McPhee represented PEI for the past two seasons at the Scotties. Birt and company should find themselves at the Canadian championship in Sydney, Nova Scotia next season as the best team in the eastern province. 

Jean-Michel Menard
Jean-Michel Menard (Quebec)

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The Numbers

  • Age
    42
  • Years Curling
    20+
  • Briers
    1
  • Worlds
    1 silver

Announcement

Must See: Menard makes perfect draw to down Howard

With hammer in the 11th end and facing two Ontario rocks, Quebec's Jean-Michel Menard makes a perfect draw to the button for the win.

Pat Simmons
Pat Simmons (Manitoba)

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The Numbers

  • Age
    43
  • Years Curling
    19
  • Briers
    2
  • Worlds
    1 bronze

Announcement

"The Moment"

Pat Simmons and Team Canada reflect on 'The Moment' they realized they had captured the Brier and how gratifying that feeling was after their rough start to the week.

Michelle Englot
Michelle Englot (Manitoba) - Retirement

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The Numbers

  • Age
    54
  • Years Curling
    20+
  • Scotties
    1 Silver

Announcement

Shannon Kleibrink
Shannon Kleibrink (Alberta) - Retirement

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The Numbers

  • Age
    49
  • Years Curling
    20+
  • Scotties
    1 silver
  • Olympics
    1 bronze (2006)

The Announcement